Burnham Abbey

The Society of the Precious Blood

an Anglican Contemplative Community



One of our main works is intercession. At the Watch of Intercession before the altar, each Sister takes her turn daily to intercede for the needs of the whole world and for those for whom our prayers have been asked, remembering that the life-giving blood of Jesus was poured out for all people in his death and that his redeeming love is always present with us.

At the Watch of Intercession, each day has its special focus:

  • Sundays - we pray especially for the Mission of the Church and those in Ministry

  • Mondays - we pray for those in sickness or old age, the departed and the bereaved

  • Tuesdays - we pray for ecological concerns, education, industry and the unemployed

  • Wednesdays - we pray for the Royal Family, Central and Local Government, the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy and the Prison Service

  • Thursdays - we pray for the unity of all Christians, for those of other Faiths and for all who are persecuted for their faith

  • Fridays - we pray for all Religious Communities and for all connected with us

  • Saturdays - we pray for family life.

If you would like us to pray for a particular need, please contact us.

If you would like us to pray for someone other than yourself, please check that the individual is willing for you to give us his/her name and any information you plan to share with us.

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More about Intercession

We are all baptised into Christ's death and resurrection and become living members of His body, united with him "who ever lives to make intercession for us". We therefore become channels of Christ's resurrection life.

However, while we are on earth, intercession also entails, for us, "filling up in our bodies that which is lacking in the sufferings of Christ". Throughout the whole of our Lord's incarnate life, a deeper drama than human eye could see was going on - a battle between good and evil. Anyone who enters into real prayer will come up against this mystery. It was not suffering, as such, which redeemed the world but the power of love behind it. Our Lord's suffering on the cross was the greatest act of love possible, where he took upon Himself all the hatred that has been unleashed in the world for all time. At every Eucharist we tap into this timeless act which was done not only "once for all" but also "once, for all" and we ask to be united with His sacrifice of love.

In our Community we unite our prayer of intercession with that of Calvary as we keep Watch of Intercession before the Eucharistic Presence on the altar. To lift up another by name before God is intercession. Every loving thought or prayer or deed will then be for that other's good.

"The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express and he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will"

Romans 8: 26 & 27